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Sociology For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-57236-8
384 pages
March 2010
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The first authoritative yet accessible guide to this broad and popular topic

Sociology is the study of human and societal interaction, and because society is constantly changing, sociology will always remain a crucial and relevant subject. Sociology For Dummies helps you understand this complex field, serving as the ideal study guide both when you're deciding to take a class as well as when you are already participating in a course.

  • Provides a general overview of what sociology in as well as an in-depth look at some of the major concepts and theories
  • Offers examples of how sociology can be applied and its importance to everyday life

Avoiding jargon, Sociology For Dummies will get you up to speed on this widely studied topic in no time.

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Introduction.

Part I: The Basic Basics.

Chapter 1: Sociology: Getting Your Head Around It.

Chapter 2: What Is Sociology, and Why Should I Care?

Chapter 3: Making It Up as They Went Along: The History of Sociology.

Chapter 4: Research Methods: Because You Can’t Put Society in a Test Tube.

Part II: Seeing Society Like a Sociologist.

Chapter 5: Socialization: What is “Culture,” and Where Can I Get Some?

Chapter 6: Microsociology: If Life Is a Game, What Are the Rules?

Chapter 7: Caught in the Web: The Power of Networks.

Part III: Equality and Inequality in Our Diverse World.

Chapter 8: Social Stratifi cation: We’re All Equal, But Some of Us Are More Equal Than Others.

Chapter 9: Gender and Ethnicity: I Know My Race, But Where’s the Finish Line?

Chapter 10: Getting Religion: Faith in the Modern World.

Chapter 11: Crime and Deviance: I Fought the Law . . . and I Won!

Part IV: All Together Now: The Ins and Outs of Social Organization.

Chapter 12: Corporate Culture: The Study of Organizations (and Disorganizations).

Chapter 13: The Rules of the Game: Social Movements and Political Sociology.

Chapter 14: Urban Sociology and Demographics: (Ain’t No) Love in the Heart of the City.

Part V: Sociology and Your Life.

Chapter 15: Get Born, Get a Job, Get a Kid, Get Out of Here: The Family and the Life Course.

Chapter 16: Future Passed: Understanding Social Change.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Sociology Books That Don’t Feel Like Homework.

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Use Sociological Insight in Everyday Life.

Chapter 19: Ten Myths About Society Busted by Sociology.

Index.

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Jay Gabler, PhD, is a writer, editor, and college professor. Gabler received his PhD from Harvard University and now teaches at Rasmussen College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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